Interesting article in Jezebel/io9 (choose your Gawker media outlet) about autism and its growing influence in high-tech culture:
autism has played a significant role in crafting much of what we consider to be modern culture — from the music and books we read, to the technological devices we all take for granted. The acceptance of radically different ways of thinking, it turns out, can be seen as an integral part of a rich and diverse overarching culture….
The signs of autism's reach are beginning to been seen virtually everywhere. People on the spectrum are driving the creation of alternative forms of expression, new businesses and institutions, and cutting-edge technologies. "And not only do they make these things comfortable for themselves," noted [wired author Steve] Silberman, "they're useful for all of us."
Whole piece is worth reading.